Born 1996 in Perth, Scotland. Lives in Dundee and has just graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art 1st class Honours from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2018. Isla works primarily with acrylic paints and watercolour on a large scale; with more intimate thoughts gathered in a bundle of small sketchbooks. You can follow her process more closely on instagram. 


I meddle within the poetics of incompleteness: splicing together letters and colour to form abstract painting underlined by poetry and prose.

The essence of my current work has seeped in from Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1938 novel ‘Nausea’; an illustrious, floral writer, whose text is a source of clear visual inspiration. Words and phrases form the basis for my colourful abstractions, with emphasis placed on my connection with the rhythm, phonetics and ambiguity. While thoroughly enjoying the work of Sartre my own painting process is not a representation of the text, but, merely a self-absorbed relationship with the act of the written word.

-DJCAD Degree Show
-Save the Graduate Group Show July 11th-20th
-'Even more Alchemy' Tatha Gallery- Nov 11-24th Dec 
-RSW 138th Annual Exhibition- Nov 25-13 Dec

-represented Scotland's under 30's at Fabriano in

-Ryle Smith Memorial Prize- 2013
-DJCAD Radiology Prize
-Alan Woods Memorial Prize for Dissertation
-Invited graduate to the RSW exhibition 2018